Last week I was the videographer for a charity book event in Ottawa, Canada. Mark Zelinski, world-renowned photographer, was gifting his latest books to a variety of charities to use around the world, including (but not limited to) Red Cross and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Attending the event as well was Justin Trudeau, member of Federal Parliament, who also forwarded one of the books. He was very graceful when he talked about the books, highlighting that they “bring people together that words cannot” because in many cases, the pictures are presented with no words. Trudeau has been a big fan of Zelinski’s work and I am sure that this will not be the first time he is at one of these events.
Me, on the other hand, felt that the odd duck out. Here I am with some of the most influential people in Canada (both political and artistic) and I just feel out of place. I guess it is a reminder of how far one can go in this world; I see myself in both of these men, so it was a huge eye opener for me when I saw this picture. There is no doubt in my mind that travel photography will play an important role in my life, but is that the end of my path… or will I eventually lead down the path of politics?
Who knows. For now, I am enjoying my “corny-smile” picture with Zelinski and Trudeau.